Battery Wiring 1989 Bounder 33W Chevy powered
Jut drove home my brand new 26 year old motor home. Unfortunately, none of the batteries were installed and I figured out enough to get one battery to power the engine and associated controls, as well as the exterior lighting.
It would appear that there were originally three batteries, installed behind the front grille of the rig. I assume two of these were for the house and the third for motivation and the don't hit me lights. There is something labeled (don't quote me) batter isolator if I remember correctly. Also a solenoid, possibly to connect the two house batteries to the house or perhaps to add them to the ships battery for engine start, or maybe to add the ships battery to them for additional house power. However, other than a large brass knife switch currently not connected to anything, it may be this isolator only connects the house batteries to the house, when called for by the automatic wajamajiggy box, which houses the circuit brakers, 12v fuseds, and an autoconnect function of some sort. I have a number of schematics for the rig, but none show which battery leads go where. So, my first question is how to make sure I have the leads going to the house and engine correctly connected as I add the two house batteries. The second question would be is there any time that all three batteries would be connect (for engine start, charging, etc) and if so, how is that done. I'm guessing by me with that 1920's knife switch, but not sure how that fits into this picture.
Thanks for any help, cause I'm quite literally in the dark about all this....unless I wish to read the manual using the headlights!